Summary: One caveat: You can use Clear Zoom, Auto Portrait Framing and some other features only if you're shooting JPEGs. They're not available in raw mode. For video, the Sony includes a built-in stereo microphone whereas DSLR rivals have mono mics, and an external mic jack. It also includes the helpful exposure bracketing feature that's found on entry-level Canons, but not the Nikon D3200.
Pros: Excellent HD video, still image quality, Translucent-mirror design is small and light, Faster burst shooting than rivals, Nifty features not found on DSLRs
Cons: Electronic viewfinder looks dim to some, Small, low-res LCD screen, Not as good in low light as rival DSLRs, Loud autofocus shows up on video
Summary: There’s not much to say regarding the A37′s performance from a newbie’s perspective. Everything works and every function is accessed easily which is the main point of purchasing a starter DSLR, the A37 nurtures your skills and guides you throughout the process. Top-notch user-friendliness and high-end features for an entry-level price? What’s not to like?
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha a37 is an interesting proposition that delivers great image quality in a neat little package. We can see Sony's share of the market increasing as it manages to cram more and more exciting technology into this area of the market - something that Canon and Nikon must keenly be aware of at the moment.
Conclusion: As this a budget model costing a very reasonable $699 with the 18-55mm standard zoom supplied on test, we don’t get the top plate function window found on semi pro models, but we are provided with a shooting mode dial crammed with 12 manual and automatic picture enhancing controls, including panorama and 3D stills option. Again this is more than we’d normally expect at this price point.
Pros: Solid-feel build; tilting LCD back screen; plenty of manual control and automatic digital effects; good value for money with 18-55mm kit lens; sharp colour-rich images straight out of the camera
Cons: Some pixel fringing between areas of high contrast; AF sometimes struggles to keep up with faster subjects; LCD could be more flexible still to match the likes of Canon’s EOS 650D.
Excerpt: From the front the A37 looks almost indistinguishable from the previous two models. Sharing the same dimensions as its predecessors, the only noticeable difference (besides its badge) is that the rubberised hand grip now adopts a more attractive faux leather look, as opposed to the patterned effect seen on the A33 and A35. The paintwork and buttons have also received a slight revamp, now sharing a slick matte black finish throughout.